TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - An executive sales manager for fuel retail at state oil-and-gas company Pertamina's Manado branch, Arief Rachman, has assured that subsidized fuel reserves are adequate ahead of the upcoming Christmas and New Year holidays.
"There will be a surge in demand during the holiday period, but we have anticipated such increases," said Arief in Manado on Thursday.
Arief added that fuel supply for the next six days were being currently unloaded from fuel tankers docked at Bitung Harbour in North Sulawesi. "Supplies for North Sulawesi are secure," he said.
He added that residents do not need to worry as Pertamina was an experienced company that was committed to serving the nation, and thus it would always be ready to meet the nation's fuel demands.
Previously, representatives from North Sulawesi's Inflation Control Team (TPID) have raised the importance of the continuity of fuel supplies and distribution, as even a minor hiccup to supply and distribution could spark mass panic across the nation.
"We have to secure fuel supplies for the nation, as it plays an important role in keeping market prices stable," said the head of North Sulawesi's TPID, Luctor Tapiheru.
Luctor added that besides fuel supplies, the availability of basic necessities also needs to be secured, especially ahead of the upcoming holiday period. "Disruptions to availability may cause prices to soar. Stakeholders need to play an active role to ensure and secure the availability of goods across the nation," he said.